Changing the narrative: Measuring progress by measuring what matters to families

Katherine Trebeck, Iain Black, Deirdre Shaw

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Abstract

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has emerged as a dominant proxy for the success of a nation. At the micro level, a similar monetary orientation is manifest in the development of invidious materialism. This article supports a shift in the purpose of policy-making, away from GDP growth and towards an agenda in which participation and relationships are positioned as more desirable. It presents Oxfam Scotland's Humankind Index as replacement measure of national progress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-472
Number of pages6
JournalFamilies, Relationships and Society
Volume5
Issue number3
Early online date10 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • PARTICIPATION
  • PROSPERITY
  • COMMUNITIES
  • POLICY-MAKING
  • GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT

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